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Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke celebrate ninth annual Sports Day

Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke held their annual sports day on Thursday 15th July, the event is a long standing tradition for the service which has been held for the last 9 years. Hospital Manager, Barry O’Driscoll opened proceedings and presented prizes.

The events included archery, basketball, bean-bag in the bucket, a relay and a staff egg-and-spoon race and refreshments were provided by the catering team.

Clinical Manager, Mike Kambasha, did a great job in goal for the penalty shoot-out game and spectators enjoyed watching people get wet in the balloon game where a team of two had to throw a water-filled balloon to each other from an increasing distance.

There was an excellent turn out for the event and not only did each ward show good team spirit, but also they cheered on competitors from other wards.

For some team games, such as the ball-dribbling relay, service users and staff worked together in their teams causing much hilarity! The staff egg-and-spoon race was as fiercely fought as ever and closely monitored to ensure no cheating! It was a close run, but this year it was won by the Psychology team.

Individual winners of events received a certificate and a water bottle. Sandford, the acute ward, were the overall winners, receiving the shield to keep for the year. Knightstone Ward were presented with the previous trophy, now full, because they had won it on most occasions.

The day was hugely enjoyable and a great opportunity for service users and staff to interact with each other after so many months of restrictions on cross-ward activities.

Many service users reported how much they had enjoyed being able to mix with and get to know service users from other wards.

Thanks go to everyone involved in planning and facilitating the event, especially to our Active Life Lead, Sally Leddy, and her ‘right-hand man’, Jason Burgh.

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